Clemson Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Clemson Tigers (11-2) at Georgia Bulldogs (8-5)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Sanford Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -7.5 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs open up the 2014 regular season with a matchup at Sanford Stadium.
The Clemson Tigers will experience many changes this season, mainly on the offensive side of the ball with no Tajh Boyd at quarterback or Sammy Watkins at wide receiver. It will be up to senior quarterback Cole Stoudt, who has thrown for just 742 yards in his career, to keep Clemson’s average of 40 points per game intact. While Clemson does have a lot of production to replace, wide receiver Mike Williams is a stud and Adam Humphries did catch 41 passes last season. The sky isn’t falling on Clemson completely on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively is where Clemson has a chance to really improve with guys such as Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony returning. Beasley is one of the best pass rushers in the country and is good for another season of double-digit sacks. Clemson finished last season with the third-best defense in the ACC.
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The Georgia Bulldogs have their eyes set on an SEC title and should make a strong run with 15 starters returning. While Georgia has a lot to replace on offense starting with quarterback Aaron Murray, the Bulldogs have the best running back duo in the country in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. This tandem rushed for 13 touchdowns and more than 1,200 yards despite Gurley missing time with an injury. At quarterback, Hutson Mason is a smart kid who would have been starting a long time ago if anybody but Murray wasn’t on the team. Defensively, the Georgia Bulldogs return 10 starters from a defense that was eighth in the SEC. One would think the defense would improve. Leonard Floyd is a potential superstar after picking up 6.5 sacks as a freshman.
With this game being played in Georgia and the Tigers having more question marks than the Bulldogs, it’s hard not to like the home team to win by double digits. Georgia only lost by three last year against a better Tigers team and with the game being played in Clemson.